I was at the gym last month and was really pushing myself to get there and workout. I made a commitment to myself and was trying to fulfill it. This particular day I felt completely and totally drained of my energy… ZAPPED!!! This was the word that I kept feeling to describe my lack of energy. Almost as if a stun gun had somehow got a hold of me and drained all the juice inside me and left me feeling totally empty.
It was about 4 in the afternoon and all I really wanted to do was take a nap. I checked my son into the stay n play kids area and headed to the elliptical machines. I was hoping to get a boost of energy as I placed my feet on the pedals. I put my earphones in and tuned in to my pandora app and was ready to move with the beat, and keep the steady rhythm with each stride. But with each step I took, the more tired I felt. I even said a prayer, Jesus I feel so weak, please help me. I really want to work out, but I feel like quitting right now. I don’t think I can take another step… I even said, Jesus, will you be my trainer and coach and push me to keep going and not give up. I had set a time, a goal for that day that I was hoping to attain.
I began to gaze up to the windows that were in the distance, beyond the pool area and remembered I had seen a bird up in the window a few weeks ago. Under my breath I said a heartfelt prayer, “oh, how I wish I could see that bird again in that same spot, somehow that will get my focus off of me and my tiredness & weakness and get my momentum going for at least a little bit longer. I stared at the window for a while hoping to see this bird and then looked away. 20 minutes or so passed by… I had my worship music on and was steadily climbing up the terrain on the workout machine. My arms and legs were moving back and forth to a quick pace.
The moment that the words to this song came on something inside me said look up… look up at the window…so I looked back up to the window as the words of this song said “i look out the window and birds are composing, out of note, out of tune and out of place… I walked to the meadow, stared at the flowers that are dressed better than a bride on her wedding day, so why do I worry??” lyrics by Jon Foreman & Switchfoot & song titled “Your love is strong”
I pushed the button on my cellphone to check the Pandora app to see who wrote this beautiful song that played for me at the moment I needed it most. I even texted myself the song so that I would not forget…
Instantly I felt a boost of energy and I felt alive!! Like I could climb Mt. Everest at that very moment!
I know that I am not the only one that gets tired, weak and drained. Completely zapped of all energy. We are mommies of little ones or maybe you are pregnant right now and you can fully relate to these feelings of being so tired. First of all let me just say it is perfectly normal!
You are giving so much of yourself, nurturing, tending, caring and loving your little ones. Being a mommy, changing diapers, feeding, making bottles, bathing, washing all those clothes, playing and the list goes on on and on.
On top of all that you may be working full time jobs, or going to school, and so much more. Your life is maxed to the limit with duties, obligations and priorities. You may think if there is one more thing added to my day, there is no way I am going to be able to complete it. I am already past my limit or at max capacity! OVERLOAD!
God will not give you more than you can handle.
Our bodies need rest and times of refreshing. A time to unwind and let ourself relax. Please allow yourself time to rest and recharge. Take a nap if you can when baby is sleeping, have a warm bubble bath, or go for a walk. Take some mommy time for yourself.
Each time he said, “my grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions and troubles that I suffer, for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-11
Maybe there is something new that you are about to do for the first time…. A time of stretching, growing and expanding out of your comfort zone. Like this is something big and you think “in my own strength, this is impossible. But with God’s strength and power, I can do this! Everything is possible in and through Him” Remember His grace is all you need!
This stretching and growing is similar to the expanding of your sweet tummy when you were pregnant, just when you think you can not possibly expand any more, by nature you do to make room for your growing infant inside of you.
As you stretch and grow in your love for God, others and yourself; always know that He is right along beside you every step of the way. Those times when you feel weak, He will be your trainer and coach and say “keep on going, you can do it! You can make it, I know you can! Just push, push, push!!”
Whatever your weaknesses may be; Know that God is bigger, stronger, and ABLE to move and work His power in you in those times that you feel weak… HE IS STRONG!
God I thank you for your times of rest. I thank you that you will refresh each and every mommy that is reading this today. Fill her full of your love. May she know that your love for her is STRONG!!
Written by Salina Duffy